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Au Pair Germany visa requirements

Au Pair Germany visa
Non-European Union Au Pairs must apply for a visa in their home country before they can start their Au Pair experience in Germany. The participants need to apply for it at the German Embassy or Consulate. 

How long can an Au Pair stay in Germany? 

The length of stay depends on the agreement with the Host Family and it should be mentioned in the Au Pair contract. The duration of the Au Pair program should be at least 6 months.

Au Pair Visa

Young people from 18 to 26 years old can apply for an Au Pair visa to Germany. To do so, they must first find a Host Family and then make an appointment at the German Embassy. To apply for the visa an Au Pair will need:
 
1
Passport
Au Pairs need a valid passport that covers the length of their stay. They will also need to present the original and a copy at the embassy. 
 
2
Au Pair contract
The Host Family will need to send a signed contract to their Au Pair. Make sure that all the important points such as working hours and pocket money are clear. 
 
3
Appointment and visa application form
Download and fill in the visa application form available at the German embassy.
 
4
German certificate 
In some cases, Au Pairs will need to present proof of basic knowledge of the German language. Usually the Goethe A1 Certificate or similar is enough.
 
5
Motivation letter
Some German embassies require a motivation letter from Au Pairs in which they explain why they want to live the experience in Germany and learn german. 
 
6
Invitation letter
Some candidates need an invitation letter from their Host Family in which they explain a bit of the Au Pair duties and express their interest in the cultural exchange. 
 
7
Health insurance
Au Pairs from Non-EU countries must have a private health insurance valid in Germany. It must cover major medical expenses during the whole stay. This insurance is paid by the Host Family. 
 
AuPair.com recommends the Au Pair to contact the embassy or the consulate and discuss all the details with the authorities before the application.  
 

What else?

  • Au Pairs will get a 90 days visa which they have to exchange for a residence permit once in Germany. To get it, they must first register at the local office (Einwohnermeldeamt) and then at the foreign office (Ausländerbehörde). Au Pairs from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the USA may travel to Germany without a visa, however, they still have to apply for the residence permit. 
  • Keep in mind visa is not a work permit. Therefore, the Au Pair is not allowed to work in any other job in Germany. 
  • German embassies  recommend applying for the visa two to four months before the planned departure date. The visa process might take between 4-8 weeks. 
  • Nationals of:  Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea or Hong Kong might be able to apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa, too. Please contact the competent authority for more information.



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